Pull policies are considered to be among the most efficient control strategy. Setting the correct parameters to maximise their efficiency is, however, not a trivial task. Simulation-optimisation techniques have received particular attention as a means to solve this problem. Nevertheless, they require the iterative solution of an optimisation model to generate the parameter values and a discrete event simulator to evaluate the resulting system performance. In the framework of simulation-optimisation, this paper proposes a combined solution of the optimisation and simulation problems for the optimal operation of pull control systems under several control strategies. Numerical experiments were performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed technique.
- mathematical programming
- production control
- pull systems
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering